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Multifamily Building Energy Challenge


... and boost your brand by taking part in the Multifamily Building Energy Challenge! We’re seeking property managers, owners and building operators to take on the challenge.

Win awards for performance and innovation to distinguish yourself as a leader in the real estate industry and set your properties apart from the crowd. Don’t miss this opportunity to leverage the power of ENERGY STAR® to reduce tenant turnover and energy costs, and increase net operating income – all while supporting a clean energy future for Fort Collins. We’ll be beside you every step of the way with free resources and volunteers to make it easy.

Contact Hellen Castro at the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) to connect with benchmarking experts: SGVsbGVuLkNhc3Ryb0Bjb2xvc3RhdGUuZWR1.

Take advantage of our free resources and trainings today.


Why benchmark?

Tracking your data in ENERGY STAR gives you information to improve building performance, increase tenant satisfaction and set your property, your company and yourself apart from the crowd.

How much time does it take to benchmark my building in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager?

ENERGY STAR estimates that it takes between 4-6 hours per building. Our free resources, trainings and volunteer support will help save you time.

What’s in it for me?

Besides free publicity and the chance to win awards? Given a newly-passed City ordinance, starting in 2021, multifamily properties greater than 20,000 square feet will be required to benchmark using ENERGY STAR. This program gets you ahead of the curve and ready to meet the City’s requirements with our free resources.

What are the awards?

Awards will recognize individuals for outstanding leadership, improving building performance (i.e., saving energy and being more efficient) and innovation. We’ll recognize property owners and managers, facilities managers, and leasing agents, plus buildings old and new, big and small!

What do I have to do?

Register by September 30, 2019. Then take advantage of our free support, resources and volunteers to help you understand your data, improve your building performance, engage tenants in saving energy and publicize your leadership. But all of that is just icing on the cake. The minimum requirement is to track your energy data in ENERGY STAR for twelve months, through February 2020. Baseline data from March 2018 through February 2019 also is needed. You’ll be eligible for awards even if you do nothing but track your data!

When does it start?

To take full advantage of our free support and resources, register by September 30, 2019. Baseline data (from March 2018 through February 2019) is due by November 15, 2019. You’ll track your energy use in ENERGY STAR for 12 months, through February 2020. In May 2020, we’ll recognize participants and award winners at an award ceremony.

How can I learn more?

Learn more about the benefits and process of the challenge through free, 30-minute webinars offered throughout the summer. Register for the challenge to stay up to date on upcoming webinars.

Who can I contact?

The City is collaborating with Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) to coordinate the challenge. Contact Hellen Castro at SGVsbGVuLkNhc3Ryb0Bjb2xvc3RhdGUuZWR1.

How Does It Work?

  1. Register – Sign up today to reserve your spot in the challenge
  2. Save – Use our free resources, trainings and volunteers to track data in ENERGY STAR’s free online database, and use that data to save energy and money.
  3. Win – Compete for individual and property awards, reduce tenant turnover and receive free publicity for your commitment to Fort Collins’ clean energy future. View the full contest rules


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Get ahead of the curve: Track, save and win with the Multifamily Building Energy Challenge. 

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